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Overview (3)

Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Birth NameTaron David Egerton
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Taron Egerton was born on November 10, 1989 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England as Taron David Egerton. He is an actor, known for Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Eddie the Eagle (2015) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).

Trivia (14)

Auditioned for Scott Summers/Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), but turned the role down.
His name, "Taron", is a version of the traditional Welsh name, "Taran", which means "thunder". His name came from a spelling mistake on his mother's part, putting an "o" instead of the second "a".
Fell in love with acting as a teen after performing in his first production, A Midsummer's Night Dream, in which he played Flute, the cross-dressing Mechanical.
First movie he saw at the theatre was Bambi.
Won the Stephen Sondheim Society 'Student Performer of the Year' 2011 when he was 21 years old.
Taron was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, to English parents from Liverpool, although one of his grandmothers was Welsh. After living in Wirral, in England, his family moved to Wales during his childhood, living in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, on the island of Anglesey, and later in Aberystwyth. His father used to run a bed-and-breakfast and his mother works in social services.
Is a member of the National Youth Theatre.
Follows Manchester United Football club.
Named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men in 2015.
Started out in Aberystwyth Arts Centre before moving on to RADA.
Attended Ysgol Penglais Comprehensive school.
Is a RADA-trained actor who graduated with a BA (Hons) Acting in 2012.
Although being born in England, he considers himself to be Welsh through and through. His family moved to Wales when Egerton was 12.
Having grown up in Welsh speaking areas, Anglesey and Ceredigion, Taron has acquired a good knowledge of conversational Welsh and had a 'Welshoff' with Luke Evans on the Jonathan Ross show.

Personal Quotes (11)

[on being in awe of his Eddie The Eagle co-star Hugh Jackman's physique] Hugh Jackman has got guns to die for. Have you seen his arms? They are bigger than my head!
[on there being a friendly bodybuilding competition on the set of Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)] The big competition was between me and Ed Holcroft, who plays Charlie. Ed and I, despite the fact that we loathe each other in the film, are really big friends. But we - from day one - had a big competition to see who would get the biggest pecs, because we knew that we had to be topless. I think he may have got the guns, but in terms of abs and pecs I think I just pipped him to the post.
[on how did he get and maintain six pack abs for Kingsman: The Secret Service] In order to do that you have to eat so strictly in order to maintain something like that and it has to become a real lifestyle. That extreme is not one I could maintain all the time, it's a real commitment to living a certain way. You have to do a certain amount of gym hours a week and you have to be pretty militant with yourself with regards to what you eat. If we ever decide to do another Kingsman I would certainly do it again. It's fantastically enjoyable when you do do it, you feel wonderful. To see my body transform and then to have that there forever on screen is quite a nice feeling. For generations to come, we can all appreciate my abs.
[on the difficulty of his transformation for Kingsman: The Secret Service] The expectations for this film were so high. But if you are playing someone who has to save the world, you do have to have a bit of muscle tone, don't you? Dropping the fat, putting on muscle ... all of that is really hard if you haven't done it before. Ultimately it's very rewarding. But you do put yourself though a lot of pain to get yourself into that kind of shape. Watching my body transform was not something I ever imagined I could do - to completely change. Locked in a vault somewhere are some before and after photos.
[on the stats he was able to achieve for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service] I lost a lot of fat and put on a lot of muscle. I got down to five percent body fat and 88 kilos, which is quite lean and muscle-dense. It's not something I've done before. Frankly, it's a massive, massive lifestyle choice. I'd relish the opportunity to do it again.
[on the great shape co-star Colin Firth got into] There was a scene which I hope will make the extras or an extended cut where Colin teaches me to eat and drink like a gentleman. It's such a cool little scene. He's got his blazer off but he's got an apron on. When we were filming that scene, and he took his blazer off, I remember telling him, "Colin, you've got pecs mate!" And he goes "Have I? Have I?" and I go, "You have! You've got some pecs man!" Colin got in really good shape and absolutely nailed all the fight stuff.
[on relishing the opportunity to not train for his role as Eddie the Eagle] When someone says you don't need to be in good shape for this, that is like music to my ears. You shouldn't keep an eye out for my abs in this film. There's no abs in it. Though Hugh probably has some abs. But they remain under his shirt.
[on how he wanted to play Eddie the Eagle] I had absolutely no interest in sending Eddie up. He could be funny, have mishaps, but he needed heart and soul and to be real and believable. Eddie is a very reasonable and pleasant affable chap. He has optimism and he's focused. There are things about Eddie that are heroic. But I also needed to be really innocent. Hugh Jackman's bringing all the movie star pecs, and he's given me the room to be a bit eccentric.
[on his preparation for the Kingsman sequel] I absolutely can't have anything sweet. I'm in training for Kingsman 2 - gotta get the abs back. I have to be phenomenally disciplined about my diet. Matthew Vaughn (the director) offered me the part then laid down the law. He said, 'We're going to own you for five years and you're going to have to get ripped.' But this part is like winning the lottery.'
[joking about why he doesn't like co-star Hugh Jackman] He's so smug - Wolverine, Oscar-nominated, singing dancing bloody perfect person. 'Look at me, I'm nearly 50, I've got amazing abs yet.' Whatever, I am so over him.
[on being annoyed by paparazzi and fans on the street] Do I mind? Yeah, I guess everyone probably wishes it wasn't part of the job, but it's not something that I'm suffering with at the moment. I have friends who it's an issue for and I think it gets a bit tiring. I think the best thing to do is try to deal with it in a grown-up way, and accept that it's a part of it that you've got to do. It's fine, it's the acting I'm in it for.

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